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Morehead State football will not play conference schedule as Pioneer League cancels competition

Posted at 11:15 AM, Aug 07, 2020

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (LEX 18) — The Morehead State football program will not play a conference schedule in the 2020-21 season.

The Pioneer Football League’s Presidents Council announced Friday the entire conference will not compete due to challenges related to team travel, as well as difficulties meeting applicable state, local and institutional health requirements and COVID-19 mitigation strategies.

“The Presidents and Athletic Directors of our respective universities made this very difficult decision after extensive deliberations and consideration of many factors,” said James M. Danko, president of Butler University and chairman of the PFL. “We recognize that our student-athletes will be disappointed, but our highest priority is the health and safety of all those involved in our athletic programs. Ultimately, the risks of proceeding are simply too high especially to ensure the safety of our students.”

The PFL said it will explore other “meaningful opportunities and experiences” for football players this academic year if it can be done reasonably and safely.